1000s of diverse titles published since 1974

Cathedrals Built by the Masons

Russell Herner

Available Now


Through well-researched text, as well as drawings and color photography, this book captures the magnificence of European cathedrals and the brilliance of the Master Builders and craftsmen who designed and built them. Cathedral building is a fusion of man's greatest accomplishments in the arts, sciences, and humanities over the centuries. More than 250 photos and drawings capture the quality and craftsmanship built into these stunning structures created to replicate God's house or heaven on Earth. Color photos illustrate the gorgeous naves, detailed fan vaulted ceilings, beautiful stained-glass windows, flying buttresses, and 650-year-old parchment drawings of the cathedrals. Discover the origin of Gothic architecture, see how Gothic cathedrals were built using primitive tools, and learn about the development of Freemasonry and its direct descent from the stonemasons of the Middle Ages. Enjoy 30 cathedral tours and acquire a few Masonic secrets of the stonemasons.

Size: 9" x 12" | 247 color and b/w images | 240 pp
ISBN13: 9780764348402

 Back to Results 

Russell Herner and his wife, Marcia, have three children, Mark, Lori, and Jennifer. He began researching cathedrals on his first visit to Europe in 1969. He has collected primitive craft tools and antique cars for more than fifty years. He was plant engineer at Dixon Ticonderoga Co. for forty-five years. Russell has been a Mason since 1962, serving as Master of Roby Lodge (1969), District Deputy Grand Master (1975–77), 16th District Advisor for five years, and Master of Ohio Lodge of Research (1986). He received his 33rd degree from Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo (1992). He has authored two books: Stonehenge: An Ancient Masonic Temple (1984) and Antique Ice Skates for the Collector (2001). Russell traveled throughout Europe researching Stonehenge, Masonry, Cathedral building, and antique ice skates. He regularly lectures on these topics.